Paul Lanham, former Redskins special teams coach under George Allen, and Ray Jauch, coach of Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League, are among the final three candidates for the head coaching job of the Washington franchise in the United States Football League.
Dick Myers, Washington's general manager, confirmed that he has narrowed his list to three men. But he would not comment on specific candidates, and the identity of the third candidate could not be learned yesterday.
"We hope to name a coach within a week, at the most, and probably sooner," Myers said.
Washington has hired a director of player personnel, Mike Faulkiner, a former Redskin scout who recently resigned as assistant coach and player personnel director for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
Lanham is a running back coach with the Los Angeles Rams. He joined the Rams in 1978, when Allen moved from Washington to Los Angeles. With the Redskins, he built the National Football League's premier special team units while serving as one of the league's pioneer kicking coaches.
"Lanham is attractive to them (Washington franchise executives) because he has name recognition here, he was well-liked by his players and the media when he was with the Redskins and he would be available right away," said a source. "Jauch is a proven head coach but he's in the middle of coaching a regular season schedule. He wouldn't be available until the winter."
Jauch, who reportedly is the leading coaching candidate of the league's Tampa Bay franchise, directed Edmonton to three straight Gray Cup appearances, winning one, before moving to Winnipeg in 1979. He has had that team in the playoffs two of the last three years.
Myers said he would be presenting the names of his candidates shortly to team owner Berl Bernhard and other club officials. "They will make the final decision, but I will make a recommendation," Myers said. He declined to comment on reports that he was leaning toward Lanham. Both men worked for the Redskins under Allen.